SAY ‘KONNICHIWA MICKEY’ AT TOKYO DISNEY
Theme parks can be otherworldly at the best of times, but if Disneyland is on your travel bucket list, take it one step further and check out the Japanese version. With not one but two theme parks to enjoy, Tokyo Disneyland and the adjacent DisneySea offer a completely immersive experience with the main park modelled after the Magic Kingdom at California’s Walt Disney World (right). Highlights include the Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek, Dreamlights night parade and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. DisneySea has the distinction of being the fifth most-visited theme park in the world and is made up of seven unique ports of call including the Jules Verneinspired Mt Prometheus, which features a thrilling undersea 20,000 Leagues attraction, and the park’s volcanic Mysterious Island centrepiece. Eat oddball snacks galore from Mickey’s tapioca bubble tea to fruity Toy Story alien mocha dumplings, grab some comfort food at Grandma Sara’s Kitchen or go local with good Japanese cuisine at Restaurant Hokusai. Stay onsite at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (from Dh1,606) inr a pixie dust-sprinkled Tinker Bell Room. Or, decamp to the more peaceful environs of the nearby Hilton Tokyo Bay (from Dh1,026) – although the fairytale vibe prevails in its Happy Magic Suites.